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Here are items that are of current, local or special interest. Submissions welcome (send to mailto:pmmckerc@ucsc.edu). Updates will be infrequent during the summer so see also Other green news sources, New and Cool, and Good News

Current News

Hype(r)loop, Elon Musk mass transit concept PBS video. 5/16. See Transit.

First Ever 100% Edible Six-Pack Ring Feeds Marine Animals Instead of Killing Them 5/16

when good forests go bad - an obituary for California oak trees: Related to a disease that caused the 1840’s potato famine in Ireland, sudden oak death (SOD) was first noticed in Marin County in 2000 when residents asked for help with tanoak trees that suddenly died. Tanoaks are crooked trees with porous wood grain and unsuitable for timber, unprofitable so their deaths didn’t receive much attention. 5/16

1,000,000,000 Birds - Just Gone ; Audubon on climate.

A fifth of all plants threatened as habitats shrink worldwide 5/16 see Bio-diversity.

For 28 years, the U.S. Forest Service allowed Nestlé to pump water out of the San Bernardino National Forest under an expired permit, virtually free of charge, for bottled water.

97% of Endangered Species Threatened by 3 Common Pesticides 4/16.

WWF and Leonardo DiCaprio: Wild Tiger Populations Increase for First Time in 100 Years 4/16 see Big Cats.

Say goodbye to major cities if these scientists are right about Antarctica’s collapsing ice 4/16 see Sea Level Rise.

1 in 4 Deaths Worldwide Caused by Preventable Environmental Factors 3/16.

Offshore oil drilling limited.

In honor of fifth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster Interactive Map Details What You Need to Know About the World’s Nuclear Power Plants see Nuclear Power.

Lead poisoning in Flint Michigan because Koch backed governor takes over the city, undermining democracy.

CA irrigating our crops with benzene and arsenic laden wastewater left over from fracking 1/16 see Environmental Justice.

15 Big Climate News Stories of 2015.

Erin Brockovich to Stephen Colbert: ‘Flint, Michigan Is the Tip of the Iceberg’ Lead poisoning.

More plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050, warned the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in a report, The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics 1/16.

We have a climate deal in Paris COP21! Yes Oui Can! Activists take the streets despite ban after attacks to push for accountability and improvements. Activist art see Art. Soil can take CO2 out of atmosphere.

Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline in Victory for Environmental Activists whoohoo!

Study Concludes That Environment, Not Bad Luck, Is Mainly to Blame for Cancer. see Chemicals.

Supermarkets Selling Shrimp Peeled by Slaves 12/15 see Labor.

Antibiotic use went up last year. Should we be freaking out? 12/15. See Food.

China Issues ‘Red Alert’ Over Devastating Air Pollution so 4,000 Bottles of Fresh Air Shipped to China, Company Struggling to Keep Up With Demand. video on effects. see Air and China.

Monsanto Handed ‘Double Whammy’ by Mexican Courts Over Planting GMOs also GMO salmon approved for sale, see below. see GMO's.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership—a trade and investment agreement involving 12 countries comprising nearly 40 percent of global output—confirms what even its most apocalyptic critics feared in terms of labor and environmental law. See Economics. 11/15.

Climate Change Poised to Push 100 Million Into ‘Extreme Poverty’ by 2030 see also Migration.

2 Billion People to Face Water Shortages as Snowpack Declines 11/15 see Water.

New GMO-Free Zone Will Protect Traditional Farmers in Colorado: The zone will help traditional and organic farmers avoid the risk of transgenic contamination from nearby GE crops, particularly GE corn. 11/15.

FDA Approves AquaBounty’s Genetically Engineered Salmon Despite Widespread Opposition; good analysis/background see GMO's.

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Abnormal Sperm 11/15. See EJ and Chemicals.

26 National Parks Fail EPA’s New Ozone Standard 11/15. See Air.

A new paper by two economists, "showing that mortality among middle-aged white Americans has been rising since 1999 analysis. 10/15

Being Inside Is Making Us Stupid: How Indoor Air Pollution Impacts the Function of Our Brains see Air. 10/15.

UC sells off $200 million in coal and oil sands investments whoohoo! FossilFree UC: UC Santa Cruz became an active campaign in 2012. Since then we passed a resolution through the student senate and had the Board of Trustees agree to write a letter in support of the campaign to urge the Reagents to divest. Currently, the Fossil Free Campaign at UC Santa Cruz is working to build support among stakeholders within the student body, faculty, and alumni organizations. We aim to collaborate with other campaigns and our community to keep the pressure on to divest from a future of dirty energy. If you want to get involved, or just learn more, feel free to contact aphinney@ucsc.edu.

Rapidly Warming Waters Have Thwarted Efforts to Save the Cod 10/15. See Global Warming.

Whales: Orcas: The California Coastal Commission has approved a $100 million plan to to double the size of SeaWorld San Diego’s orca tanks but there was one major condition: No more captive breeding. But dead zones and plastic plague them.

Shell Abandons Arctic Drilling Following ‘Disappointing’ Results whoohoo! 9/15. Obama pause 2 years.

6 Things to Know About the EPA’s New Pesticide Rules For the first time since 1992, the EPA has updated rules governing the use of pesticides, which will protect the more than 2 million workers who produce America's food. 10/15

China progress on climate.

Nestlé bottled water is tapping springs in the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California using a permit that expired 27 years ago... company’s CEO Tim Brown "... In fact, if I could increase it, I would.” 9/15.

California Senate Passes Nation’s Strictest Ban on Microbeads 9/15 see Plastic.

Citbank (America’s third-largest bank), recently published a report looking at the economic costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. ..because of savings due to reduced fuel costs and increased energy efficiency, the Action scenario is actually a bit cheaper than the Inaction scenario. 9/15

The world’s oceans on which much of human life depends are under severe pressure, a new report says. Overfishing has dramatically reduced fish stocks. The thousands of tonnes of rubbish dumped in the oceans wreak havoc on marine life, while climate change is warming and acidifying them, putting them under further stress.


Amazing New Process Treats Wastewater, Captures Carbon and Makes Renewable Energy: An electrochemical reaction that absorbs more CO2 than it releases while creating renewable energy could transform emission-heavy industries. 8/15.

“California’s Toxic Fracking Fluids: The Chemical Recipe.” see Fracking 8/15.

Activists Score Victory in Effort to Stop the Government Killing of Millions of Animals see Wildlofe. 8/15.

Deadly Heat Waves Sweep the Globe 8/15 see Climate.

Japan Restarts First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster, Protests Erupt 8/15, see Nuclear Power.

EWG’s latest analysis, “Rethinking Carcinogens,” takes a close look at new research on chemical exposures and cancer conducted by the Halifax Project, which involves hundreds of cancer researchers and scientists from around the globe. The findings of the Halifax Project add to long overlooked evidence that combinations of chemicals may cause cancer.One in three Americans will be diagnosed with cancer, yet nearly half of all cancers are preventable. Along with genetics, diet, lifestyle and viruses, exposures to toxic chemicals clearly contribute to this epidemic. 8/15 see Chemicals.

What’s the Beef with the U.S./China Chicken Deal? 7/15. See Food.

BP Gulf oil spill legal settlement (PBS video) and update on causes. 7/15.

California Finds Several Negative Impacts of Fracking, Approves Offshore Frack Jobs Anyway. 7/15

Coal is no longer king in America. That’s the latest findings from the U.S. Energy Information Administration; it lost its number one spot as the nation’s top electricity source for the first time on record this April. See Fossil Fuels 7/15.

Some progress at G-7 on climate and forests. 6/15.

This is crazy, but we actually have good news about climate change 6/15 see China.

Monsanto’s Roundup — Most Popular Weed Killer in U.S. — ‘Probably’ Causes Cancer, WHO Report Says see GMO's 3/15.

New Study Says Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian Civil War (and thus ISIS?) NYT see Global Warming.

U.S. 'Megadroughts' Are Likely Later This Century, Study Finds 2/15.

World's Oceans Clogged By Millions Of Tons Of Plastic Trash scientists estimating that a staggering 8 million metric tones of plastic pollution enter the oceans each year from the world's 192 coastal countries based on 2010 data. Based on rising waste levels, they estimated that more than 9 million tons would end up in the oceans in 2015. 2/15

National Academy of Sciences Says Geoengineering Is Not the Answer to Climate Change 2/15. See Plastic.

Norway first country to divest 2/15. See Scandanavia.

Top Green stories of 2014 includes Wolf OR7 has three pups in Oregon which will be safe from hunters if they wander in CA; also one in Grand Canyon. see Wolves. 9 Big Market Breakthroughs of 2014.

Scientists Warn We're Ever-Closer To The Apocalypse, see Global Warming.

Update 1/15 2014 Will Likely Be The Hottest Year on Record, Ocean Temps Spike. High sea temperatures contributed to exceptionally heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. see Global Warming.